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Workers sunbathing outside Tri-State COVID testing site results in shut down

A COVID-19 testing site in Ripley County will be closed after ‘unprofessional and inappropriate...
A COVID-19 testing site in Ripley County will be closed after ‘unprofessional and inappropriate behavior’ was reported.(Ripley County Health Department)
Updated: Apr. 9, 2021 at 9:45 AM EDT
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RIPLEY COUNTY, In. (FOX19) - As of Friday, a COVID-19 testing site in Ripley County will be closed after ‘unprofessional and inappropriate behavior’ was reported.

According to Ripley County Health Officer Dr. David Welsh, officials were made aware of pictures posted to social media of workers sunbathing in the front of the now-closed Osgood testing site.

Welsh says those pictured were not employees of Ripley County, rather they were with Optum, a company contracted by the Indiana State Health Department to do COVID-19 testing throughout the state.

He says pictures were sent to the county commissioner’s office, who sent them to Ripley County health officials, who then sent them to ISDH. The photos, provided to FOX19 NOW by the county, show two people on the ground outside the testing facility.

The Indiana Department of Health apologized and quickly pulled the site at the county’s request.
The Indiana Department of Health apologized and quickly pulled the site at the county’s request.(Ripley County Health Department)

He says the ISDH apologized and quickly pulled the site at the county’s request.

Welsh said the pictures were posted to Facebook and have since been taken down. Commissioners said the county has no connection to the now-closed site, besides owning the building,

The health department is holding an alternative testing site at the Milan Fire Department.

An ISDH spokesperson issued the following statement to FOX19 NOW Friday evening:

“The Ripley County testing site was scheduled to be closed due to lack of demand for tests. We are continually monitoring demand and locating testing sites where demand is highest.

“Our singular focus is on this response and keeping Hoosiers safe, so we cannot accommodate one-on-one interviews at this time.”

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